General :: Kubuntu Will Not Boot On USB Hard Drive

Jul 3, 2009

I have installed Kubuntu 9.04 to a USB external Iomega eGo Desktop hard drive (it's 1 terabyte). I've tried installing with my other hard drives attached (sdd) and with them disconnected (sda). The installs went smoothly in both cases but I cannot boot from the USB drive. My BIOS supports booting from various devices including USB. Can this be made to boot? How?

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General :: Boot Two Hard Disks - XP And Kubuntu

Sep 10, 2010

I have installed xp at the main hdd. It has 3 partitions. Then I installed Kubuntu 10.04 on the slave hdd. When I boot, it doesn't recognize kubuntu. When I searched at My PC in XP, didn't recognized the slave hdd. I switched the hdd (slave to master and viceversa) and it didn't go well either.

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Ubuntu :: Uninstall Kubuntu From Portable Hard Drive And Grub Too?

Dec 30, 2010

I have installed Kubuntu onto a 1tb portable hard drive and I always have to boot from it and grub. I want to uninstallit and go back to windows 7 that is on my built in hard drive on my hp laptop.

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Mar 6, 2010

I have a Toshiba laptop with BIOS that will not recognize USB as a boot medium (I have purchased two USB 'thumb' drives with Distro's that do boot but the BIOS see them as HDD devices!)I did manage to install and boot a distro from the USB HD but ended up with the USB drive having to be connected' to select any of the OS partions, to boot anything.I do realize that somehow, when installing the new distro on the USB drive, I changed the GRUB configuration to be on the USB drive which obviously I did not want, so can

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Nov 1, 2010

I'm trying out puppy linux, as I have an old system, and the new Ubuntus do not work on it.

Anyway,I cannot boot from my hard drive but only from the floppy.I'm just not too keen on always booting from the floppy.

Here is the Menu.ls file:

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General :: System Won't Boot From Hard Drive

Jun 22, 2010

Something caused my Fedora 11 system to reboot this evening, only it keeps trying to boot from a CD/DVD. I get to a prompt that says "Boot from CD/DVD" and then it appears just to wait. I can insert my Fedora 11 installation disk and boot from it in rescue mode, and then I can see my entire file system, so I don't think the hard drive has failed. The system just doesn't seem to want to boot from the HD any more. I can get to a command line using the Fedora rescue mode, but I don't know what to do once I'm there.

one additional note. Around a month and a half ago I deleted some files by mistake and wanted to try to recover them. I tried a bunch of approaches that I came across (none worked), and I do remember that one of them had instructions to unmount a portion of the filesystem to protect it from being overwritten before I could recover the files.

Unfortunately, at this point I have no real memory of exactly what I did, but the system has been working fine since then. I would have thought that I had rebooted since then, but it's possible that this is the first time I've rebooted. Could I have unmounted some part of the file system such that it would still by unmounted even when rebooting? How can I check this from the command line I get in rescue mode? (My file system gets mounted under /mnt/sysimage/)

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General :: CD Boot To Ubuntu On USB Hard Drive?

Jul 4, 2011

I bought a USB Harddrive (Seagate 320 GB) and I want to install a Ubantu 10.04 LTS on it. Although my HP/Compaq Mobile Workstation has a selection to boot to a USB Harddrive, I could not get it to boot to the USB HD. So I found this page:

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And tried to create a CD as found in "Booting the kernel from a bootable CD". I thought I got the process to work, and it appears to have found the drive, but after a whole bunch of scrolling text and a long series of "stdin: error 0" I get:

BusyBox v1.13.3(Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu11) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help" for a list of commands
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Jan 25, 2010

I got a dell inspiron 1501 laptop with a 80Gb sata drive what is the best solution to add data storage space for someone that love to have multiples operating systems at hand Note: I use mostly linux so I won't need to change my laptop for many years maybe ...

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General :: Hard Drive Wont Boot - Fedora 11?

Oct 31, 2010

i was trying to install Linux on a old usb hard drive i have and i installed it onto the drive (from a .iso cd, i clicked install onto hard drive from the desktop) then rebooted. i tried to boot Linux from it but it did not work then i tried booting of the my main hard drive that has windows 7 on it and i get "failure to boot hard drive" (or something close to that). i reloaded fedora from the CD and looked and my main hard drive still has all of the files from windows and also the usb hard drive has files that look like they are from the Linux install.

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General :: Boot Fedora Live CD Iso From A Hard Drive?

Nov 11, 2010

I tried to use Grub to boot the Fedora 14 Live CD from its ISO image (SHA256 verified) on the hard drive. I put Fedora-14-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso in the root directory of the FAT32 partition D: (sda5) then extracted isolinux from this ISO, and put it on D: I followed the isolinux.cfg file, and wrote a menu.lst as follows:

title Fedora 14 Live CD
root (hd0,4)
kernel (hd0,4)/isolinux/vmlinuz0 root=live:CDLABEL=Fedora-14-x86_64-Live-Desktop rootfstype=auto ro liveimg quiet rhgb
initrd (hd0,4)/isolinux/initrd0.img

However Grub told me: No root device found. Boot has failed. Sleeping forever. Here's the contents of isolinux.cfg:

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General :: No Cd-rom Or Network / Dd A Usb Boot Image To A Hard Drive?

Aug 30, 2010

I acquired an old IBM Thinkpad 770e the other day and it runs fine but I have an issue installing Linux on it. It has a floppy drive in it not a cd drive. It also does not have an ethernet jack or wifi.

I did clone my external firewall image to the drive but that image is partitioned in such a way to make it impractical for a laptop/desktop system. So I know that the machine will boot off a floppy and it will run off the hard drive. The bios test utility reports no hardware problems.

What I had hoped to do was to install some suitable distro to it. Not sure which one yet, any recommends? Damn Small Linux would be good except that you are limited to what they offer. I would also prefer to stay with a debian based distro.

The issue is install media. Floppy install images are not practical, and there is no cd drive. Is it possible to boot off a floppy and then chroot to, say a usb flash drive to do the install?

I do have a wifi card (d-link DWL-G650) that fits the micor-channel slot but it requires the madwifi driver which needs the kernel source and depends to be able to install. Not something that normally works out of the box so to speak.

Another question that comes to mind, Is it possible to dd a usb boot image to a hard drive and have it work?

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Mar 5, 2010

I bought a Samsung N150 netbook with the idea that I would install Linux on it.Now that I have it, I learn that it will *only* boot from the hard drive. there any Linux distribution that can install itself on this machine? Preferably in a separate partition allowing boot to either Linux or Win 7.This needs to be a high confidence installation, because if the existing Win 7 installation is screwed up there appears to be no way to recover.

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Mar 16, 2010

My parents bought a new hard drive for a laptop that I've owned for several years. It's much larger than the current one, so I plan on splitting it up to dual boot it with Ubuntu.I have no problem with partitioning a drive (I always keep a LiveCD handy), but my question is this: how can I go about moving the existing partition to the new drive? This is a laptop, so I can't simply plug the new drive into another slot.

Also, even if I manage to move it, will Windows still work on the new drive in a larger partition? I've had this laptop for quite a while, and I've lost the recovery discs that came with it a long time ago. I also have a lot of software without CDs to reinstall them with. This makes not reinstalling Windows a high priority.

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Dec 3, 2010

I'm just curious - why do all linux distros (all I've seen) run their periodic disk checks during boot? I mean, I understand that a disk should be checked now and then, but why does the system do it during boot, when I'm waiting for it to load, instead of checking them during shutdown, when (most probably) user doesn't need the computer anymore.

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General :: Way To Boot Secondary Hard Drive Using Windows Bootloader?

Sep 11, 2010

I have windows xp on my first hard drive and Linux on the second hard drive.The windows hard drive is labeled hda1 and the linux hard drive is labeled hdb1.I am using GRUB to boot the linux hard drive and it is installed on hdb.Is there any way to boot the secondary linux hard drive using the windows bootloader?I have tried several online tutorials for it but none of them work.

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Mar 10, 2010

I have Intel Pentium3 motherboard model 845GVSR with 40 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD ROM and 4 USB slots but no Floppy Drive.My PC was working fine until I deleted the contents of hard drive accidentally using trial version of killer software.I ried to install Linux by making a boot-able CD, but it did not work.Then i tried to make a boot-able USB using Universal Notebook Installer, it did not work either. I just get the Error " Error loading operating system.Then I tried a free software from net by the name James Format Tools - DOS on USB. Using this computer did boot but DOS did not install and I got the error message "invalid drive specification".I understand that now I will have to write boot sector afresh and will have to Format the hard drive,, but how to do this as all my attempts to get to the hard drive failed

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General :: Puppy On Hard Drive Fails To Boot After Power Cut

Apr 19, 2011

I'm very new to Linux and recently setup a desktop PC with Puppy 5.2.5. only. I chose to have a permanent install on the hard drive and loaded additional PETS and utilities as I thought needed for my use. Last night after immediately booting up the PC I had a power cut lasting a few minutes. When power returned and I repowered the PC, I found during Puppy's boot sequence it reported an error and remained in what appeared to be a console mode - did not carry through and load my desktop. So I inserted the Puppy CD and booted from that but I'm afraid I'm not familiar enough with Linux to understand how I can get back my original desktop setup and run once again from my hard drive without having to go back to scratch.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Boot Kubuntu From USB Drive?

Apr 9, 2011

I'm trying to boot Kubuntu 10.10 from my USB drive. I checked the BIOS, so it will boot from "removable drive" first. But it still boots my Xubuntu installation from the harddrive. I tried it on 2 different computers, but both had Xubuntu 10.10 on it. They both boot Xubuntu. And when I tried to boot Kubuntu on a Windows Vista laptop, without Xubuntu, it just boots!

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Sep 15, 2010

I have two OS in my system. Windows& and Kubuntu. Both are in separate hard disks. I was using both. In between i have upgraded my system. now when i am giving priority to hard disk containing kubuntu, i can login to kubuntu, but cant get in to windows7. i have upgraded grub but not working. when i am giving priority to hard disk containig windows7 it enters and work properly. but not working in the previous.

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Jan 15, 2011

I wanted to install a Linux distro to a flash drive so that I can have a portable OS with all my settings, programs, etc. wherever I go. So I fired up a Linux Mint Live CD and installed Mint to the flash drive, and this seems to work OK. But now, whenever I try to boot up my system normally without the flash drive plugged in, it doesn't seem to work. It basically hangs for a bit, and then I get the following prompt:

However, when I try powering my system up when the USB is plugged into the computer, it gives me an option between using the OS installed on my USB and the OS installed on my HD. Selecting the latter, everything loads up just fine. I'm guessing that installing Mint to the flash drive somehow messed with my native Grub installation.

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General :: Hard Drive Began Making A Clicking Sound And When Boot Up Computer?

Apr 8, 2011

I have a Western Digital 1Tb WD10EAVS Caviar Gp Hard Drive. It does not have an operating system installed but it have alot of my important files. The hard drive began making a clicking sound and when I boot up my computer I see my other drives and the sata slot for that drive remains blank. Can any one help me recover or fix my hard drive

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May 16, 2011

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Mar 20, 2010

I have minor problem with upgrading a hard drive. I am running an old pentium lll with two hard drives. On the first hard drive I have two partitions of around 90GB each. On the first partition is installed winXP and on the second partition I have Suse 10.3, both booted by grub and living happily side by side. My second hard drive (which is formatted for windows is only 4GB.

My problem arises when I try to replace the 4GB with a 80Gb hard drive. When I disconnect the 4GB drive the system fails to boot up and complains with error 21.

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Aug 23, 2010

I have a SATA drive that worked fine. Then I installed two more hard drives into my system. When these hard drives are installed, if I try to access the SATA drive in Linux, it will start lightly clicking and then the drive will become unavailable. If I power on the machine without the other two hard drives then it works fine. What could be causing this to happen? I don't think it's heat because the two hard drives are far away from the SATA drive.

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Ubuntu :: XP / Kubuntu - If Delete Kubuntu What's Happen To My Boot Cycle

Mar 31, 2010

XP Pro SP3
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Tri-booting. They were installed in the order I listed above. I ran into a few bugs with Kubuntu, so I no longer want to use it. I want to use GParted on a LiveCD to format Kubuntu and expand my Ubuntu home partition to sit on top of Kubuntu's space right now. If I nuke Kubuntu, will Grub still exist with my Ubuntu/XP entries to boot?

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Feb 5, 2010

I have Window XP on my hard drive and now I can't get it to boot for some reason? I think it might have something to do with the MBR. I removed the drive when I was trying to make a liveCD USB boot drive . Do you think grub took it off or something. Not sure if this is something I can fix in the terminal or not

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Mar 19, 2010

I cloned a Fedora 12 hard drive to a new hard drive using Seagate DiscWizard. Everything appeared to go well. However the new hard drive will not boot. How do I make it bootable?

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Dec 14, 2010

can I boot a pc without hard drive from another pc using the "boot from network"feature in the bios? what distribution should i use can the pc i want to boot from be 64 while the one i want to boot is 32 bit?

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Slackware :: Cannot Boot Without Second Hard Drive?

Jun 24, 2010

I have two SATA hard drives in my slackware 13.1_64 Desktop.

On 1. Drive I have 3 partitions for Win 7:
/dev/sda1 - Some Win 7 boot partition
/dev/sda2 - Win7

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General :: Kubuntu DVD Drive Not Opening - Light Blinking

Aug 12, 2011

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I popped in a scratched up CD of my wife's friend's music. It would not play or copy, had to just try anyway. So now the optical drive tray will not open, and the light is blinking. I have restarted the machine. Could this be my OS or other software error?

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